Interstellar Travel Project

Space-TravelYou may have heard a lot about this lately in the news- the Interstellar Travel Project. Basically the project aims to send small space crafts into another star system. It’s has gotten a lot of support from people like the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg and more recently, Stephen Hawking. While it may seem light years away, interstellar travel may become possible in our lifetime.

Tiny Space Crafts, Large Amounts Of Money

Billionaire Yuri Milner launched this project several years ago. Around $100 million has been contributed so far towards this research program. The idea is to develop tiny space crafts, known as starships, that are the size of computer chips. The starships will travel trillions of miles into space. The craft would be propelled from earth into space with a giant laser. No other craft has been able to go into another star system before.

Exploration Like No Other

Many astronomers believe that there may be a planet, similar to earth, in another solar system. If the Interstellar Travel Project is successful, we could find not only other inhabitable planets, but possibly other forms of life, if they happen to exist.

The Difficulty Of This Project

The closest star system to us is around 25 trillion miles away. Using the resources we currently have available, it would take close to 30,000 years to reach that star system. The goal is to make a spacecraft that could reach it in 30 years or less. Utilizing a laser to push the craft into space would allow it to go a lot faster, and farther, in a much shorter period of time than any other method currently being used to go into space today. Before the space crafts can even be built, things like instruments and cameras will need to be developed that can all fit on the tiny chip. These items have to be durable enough to withstand the laser as well as the long trip to the other star system. Being that these items will most likely be traveling for decades, they need to withstand things like dust and space radiation. Realistically, there’s no telling what difficulties these tiny space crafts will face since we’ve never been able to travel this far into space before. They will need to be prepared for virtually anything.

Despite the difficulties of this project, the amount of money and the overall amount of time it’s taking, many scientists are hopeful that it will have a positive outcome.

 

The Best Trips For Graduates

The Best Trips For GraduatesAfter 4 long years in high school or even college, it’s time to graduate. Before entering out in the real world it just might be time to set off on a celebratory trip. There’s so many options out there? Where should you go? The following destinations are perfect choices for graduates.

Southeast Asia

This area is a treasure trove of things to do. Airfare can be pricey, but everything from accommodations, food and excursions tend to be fairly reasonable. There’s also a lot to do in Southeast Asia including the bustling nightlife, exotic cities and beautiful beaches.

Nicaragua

There are many reasons why you should visit Nicaragua. For one, it’s relatively inexpensive which is a major plus for recent graduates that don’t have a lot of money. It’s also surrounded by water so there are many opportunities to hang out on the beach or take up a new watersport or hangout in a boat all day. This destination also tends to be less crowded than other Central America locations and you get a lot of bang for your buck in Nicaragua.

Ireland

You can visit Ireland for relatively cheap if you know where to go. The key to visiting this country is to research the best deals ahead of time. Dublin is great for recent grads as you there’s a lot to do here at an affordable price. You can also usually find an extensive nightlife as well.

Brazil

With the Olympics taking place at this destination this summer, now is the perfect time to visit Brazil. Visa requirements have been waived for U.S. residents so you can visit the country for up to 90 days. This would make a great graduation trip since not only can you see some of the Olympic Games, which is a trip in and of itself, but you can also see many of the incredible sites of Brazil while you are there.

The United States

If you are looking for a short vacation or just don’t want to leave the country, there are a lot of great destinations for grads to visit right here in the United States. New Orleans if a favorite among young adults with its fun, party feel. Key West is perfect for those that want to spend their days on the beach and their nights out on the town. Interested in celebrities or movies? Los Angeles is a great destination with everything to see and do there. Of course, we can’t forget New York City. This destination is literally the city that never sleeps with a variety of events occurring no matter what time it is.

 

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